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Lives in:
Richmond Fire Department
Years of public service:
Agency structure:
Paid fire department
Top issues in your department:
Contract negotiations, hiring
Topics you provide training for:
Building the Business of "U"
Communicating to Connect
Building a professional network with future community leaders and decision makers to improve contract negotiations, budgets, fraternal sponsorships and over all working conditions.
Areas of expertise:
Brian’s purpose

Helping Those Who Help Others

Following generations of veterans & public service, Brian entered the US Army in 1986, two days after graduating high school. Beginning in Fort Jackson with basic training and continuing at Ft Bragg North Carolina as a cable dog 36C. After reenlisting he was sent to Karlsruhe Germany where he assisted a team of Battalion S-3 guru’s with coordinating field exercises and communications before and during Operation Desert Storm. It was both challenging and rewarding. He transitioned out of the service and into the civilian world, leaving the Army as a E-5 Sergeant with unbelievable experiences and education.

After leaving the military he quickly moved into sales and customer service with Cellular One in Dayton Ohio where he assisted others with this new gadget called mobile phones. Improving his personal development, Brian learned how to communicate to connect with improving his ability to handle objections, building relationships and growing a personal and professional network. Brian excelled from Technician to Account Executive and was promoted to Customer Service Manager where he became highly proficient with the art of the win-win.

In 1996 he took his purpose to the next level and became a firefighter with the Richmond Fire Department in Richmond Indiana. Working in positions as Firefighter, Deputy Chief, Battalion Chief, Inspector and Fire Investigator he was introduced to priceless experiences and learning opportunities.

After a successful twenty year career, he left in 2016 to continue his passion to help those who help others. For over a decade Brian has worked part time as a Department Representative with Police and Firemen’s Insurance Association. A not for profit fraternal benefit society that’s only priority for over 100 years has been to protect police, fire and family with fraternal benefits and products. Upon retiring in 2016 he accepted the position of Midwest Manager and continues to help police officers, firefighters and family throughout the united states.

In a continuing effort for personal growth, Brian became a Certified John Maxwell Leadership Speaker, Trainer and Coach. Listed below are the professional certifications, courses and notable experiences.

Fire Certifications
Fire Instructor
Fire Officer I & II
Fire Investigator
Fire Inspector I & II
Firefighter I & II
Driver Operator
Swift Water Awareness
Hazmat Ops level
Emergency Medical Technician
CFEI - Certified Fire & Explosion Investigator

Notable Courses
Incident Response to Terrorist Bombings - Bomb School, New Mexico Tech
Reid Technique of Interrogation
Expert Witness Testimony
Fire Death Investigations courses
Evidence Collection courses
Interviewing courses

Fire Associations
IAAI - International Association of Arson Investigators
IFIA - Indiana Fire Inspectors Association

Professional Certifications
Certified John Maxwell Leadership Speaker, Trainer & Coach

Courtroom Testimony
Arson Investigator live Expert Witness Testimony - Arson case, Richmond Indiana

United States Army
NCO Academy - (Non Commissioned Officer Academy)

Brian’s book on “Communicating to Connect” is due to be published this fall.

Helping those who help others learn how to Build the Business of “U”.

Brian Benedict
Retired Firefighter
U.S. Army Veteran, Sgt.
Certified John Maxwell Leadership Trainer
Midwest Manager, Police & Firemens Ins Assoc.

“Work Smarter…It Just Makes Cent$”
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Hows Your Approach? | Brian Benedict

by Brian Benedict

Karla has a way about her that instantly connects with people.  Her knowledge of the fire service, a previous career with State Farm Insurance and add her son a Lincoln Firefighter, She has many commonalities to connecting with others.

Her approach is simple. She’s genuinely interested in protecting and caring…


Posted on June 14, 2017 at 7:33pm

Teamwork to Success: Colorado Springs Fire Department

Colorado Springs Fire Dept with Brian Benedict

Within a few minutes of meeting these firefighters from Colorado Springs their hospitality made us feel comfortable and at ease.  Colorado Springs is a beautiful location and we met many amazing veterans and new recruits during our time there.  Each professional and many from cities around the country to be part of this wonderful organization.  As I left I couldn’t help thinking about the word…


Posted on June 14, 2017 at 8:00am

Let Nothing Stop "U"

Moving past fear

When I woke up this morning I found my kids as young adults.  Kenny Chesney was right, “Don’t Blink”.   What’s the future look like for them?  The opportunities and possibilities.  Its all out there in the unknown. Will they attack life  with passion and perseverance?   Will they be afraid to try or will they embrace it as the best way to learn.  Moving forward means making decisions.  Many…

Posted on June 12, 2017 at 8:00am

Overcome Career Stress with Goals & Vision

With a limited amount of officers, Connersville Police is facing similar scenarios as many others throughout the united states.  A lack of morals, conscience and respect is making it more and more difficult and dangerous for these guys to keep us safe.  But like many officers around the country Dax has a vision.

Pictured above: Brian Benedict with Connersville In Police Department Officer Dax Gunder.

If it was’t…


Posted on June 9, 2017 at 11:00am

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